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Clair, Alicia Ann

Alicia Ann
Clair, PhD
Year Inducted: 
1984
Alicia Ann Clair
Highlights: 
  • Director of the Music Education and Music Therapy Division and Interim Associate Dean of the School of Fine Arts
  • 2003: American Music Therapy Association Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1984-86: President of the National Association for Music Therapy
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award winner
  • 1991: Testified before the Senate Special Committee on Aging concerning the positive effects of music therapy on elderly individual
Biography: 

Alicia Ann Clair, Professor of Music Education and Music Therapy at the University of Kansas, is an outstanding scholar and excellent clinician.  She currently serves as the Director of the Music Education and Music Therapy Division and the Interim Associate Dean of the School of Fine Arts at the University and remains at the forefront of a relatively new profession, music therapy.

Dr. Clair has done much to support the community of music therapists.  She served as President of the National Association for Music Therapy (known since 1998 as the American Music Therapy Association) from 1984-1986; she has served in a multitude of other leadership positions and task force memberships for the Association as well.  She was selected as one of the ten people chosen for the Commission for Education and Training, a national task force to develop education and training guidelines for the national professional organization.  Her leadership within the field is well-respected.  Every year, she is invited to present at national and regional music therapy conferences, as well as many workshops and symposia for professional development.  The professional organization has honored her work with a Service Award, Outstanding Professional Contributions Award, and Award for Research.  In 2003, Dr. Clair received the pinnacle honor from the American Music Therapy Association, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Clair’s specialty in the field, music therapy for the elderly, has been greatly served by her work as an expert.  She continues to publish research regarding evidence-based outcomes of clinical practice with older adults.   Dr. Clair has taken several sabbatical leaves to do intensive research on the subject: “Music with Anesthesia in Surgery for the Elderly and Music Therapy,” “Music Therapy with Severely Regressed Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease,” “Music Characteristics Throughout the Late Stages of Dementia,” and, most recently, “Music Therapy Protocols with Older Adults.”  The Department of Veteran Affairs has lauded her both locally and nationally with the Special Contribution Award for Research, the Performance Award, and the Teamwork Award.   She was invited to participate as a member of a VA national workgroup to develop a toolkit for recreational and music therapists to use in transitional rehabilitation of persons with blast injuries, OIF/OEF.   She testified before the Senate Special Committee on Aging in 1991 concerning the positive effects of music therapy with elderly individuals.  Dr. Clair also recently completed the 2nd edition of a book, Therapeutic Uses of Music with Older Adults, which is utilized in introductory music therapy courses across the nation and internationally, with 1st edition translations into Japanese and Korean Translations.

She achieved all of this while continuing to provide excellent education to beginning music therapists at the University of Kansas.  Dr. Clair has been recognized many times for her outstanding teaching.  She received the Outstanding Educator Award from Mortar Board at the University in 1985 and was honored with a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1989.  

Honors & Achievements: 
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, American Music Therapy Association, November, 2003.
  • Award for Research, American Music Therapy Association, November, 2000.
  • Presidential Award for Outstanding Contributions on the Commission for Education and Training, American Music Therapy Association, November, 2000.
  • Teamwork Award, Department of Veterans Affairs, Colmery-O’Neil Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Topeka, Kansas, November, 2000.
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Recognition for Outstanding Service, National Association for Music Therapy, 1996. (Currently, American Music Therapy Association).
  • Performance Award, Department of Veterans Affairs, Colmery-O’Neil Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Topeka, Kansas:  May 1995, May 1996, May 1997, May, 1998, May, 2000, August, 2002.
  • National Association for Music Therapy Award for Outstanding Professional Contributions, November, 1994. (Currently, American Music Therapy Association)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Special Contribution Award for Research, October, 1992.
  • National Association for Music Therapy Service Award, November, 1991. (Currently, American Music Therapy Association)
Quotes: 
  • All works to the better good for those who do the right thing.
  • Mentoring younger professionals is rewarding on both sides, with great satisfaction for the one who mentors and great gain for the profession and those who are served by it.
  • Work to achieve your very best while you strive to keep life in balance. Assess priorities carefully putting family first. Make time to take care of self, for it is not otherwise possible to serve others.

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